It is finally here - Leek's first ever Country and Western Weekend! Yee haa!
Entitled 'Gunfight at the Oatcake Corral' the weekend will see a mass line dance in Leek's town centre on Saturday morning, as well as a 'Country and Western' village set up in the town's main park of Brough Park over the two days.
There will also be re-enactors patrolling the town centre as well as performing 'shoot-outs' in the park. A host of Country and Western music stars will be providing the musical entertainment within a large marquee by the bandstand in Brough Park.
The free event has been organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee and funded by a bequest left by the late Steve Povey.
Programme of events for Saturday (June 21)
Morning – Town Centre
From 9am onwards the Lincoln County Regulators and the Lonestar Groups will be patrolling Leek town centre.
Official opening of the event by Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison in the Market Place at 10am.
11am: Re-enactment in Derby Street.
Line Dancing demonstrations and tuition with Hazel & Roly's Silver Spurs Line Dancing group in Derby Street from 10.30am and 12.30pm.
Afternoon –Marquee and the Western Town in Brough Park
2pm–2.30pm: Carolann B & Allan Watkiss.
2.30pm-2.50pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
2.50pm-3.20pm: Thorne Hill.
3.20pm-3.40pm: Lonestar to perform the "Miners" Shootout.
3.40pm-4.10pm: Travis Logan.
4.10pm-4.30pm: The Lincoln County Regulators to perform live show.
4.30pm-5pm: Carolann B & Allan Watkiss.
5pm-5.20pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
5.20pm-5.50pm: Thorne Hill.
Break for Tea
7pm-7.30pm: Travis Logan
8pm-11pm: Coles Country (CD music to be played during intervals).
Programme of events for Sunday (June 22)
Marquee and the Western Town in Brough Park
10.30am–11am: Monty Montanna.
11am–11.20am: Lonestar to perform the "Territorial Marshall" Sketch.
11.20am–11.50am: Caroline King.
11.50am–12.10pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
12.10pm–12.40pm: Travis Logan.
12.40pm–1pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
1pm–1.30pm: Monty Montanna.
1.30pm–1.50pm: The Lincoln County Regulators to perform live show.
1.50pm–2.20pm: Caroline King.
2.20pm–2.40pm: Lonestar to perform the "Trouble in El Paso" Shoot out.
2.40pm–3.10pm: Thorne Hill.
3.10pm–3.30pm: The Lincoln County Regulators to perform a live show.
3.30pm–4pm: Donna Wylde.
4pm–4.20pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
4.20pm–4.50pm: Travis Logan.
4.50pm-5.10pm: "Have a go Line Dancing" with Hazel in the Marquee.
5.10pm–5.40pm: Donna Wylde.
5.40pm–6pm: Break with CD Music.
6pm–6.30pm: Thorne Hill.
6.30pm onwards: CD music will be played.
Trade stalls and other entertainment for the weekend will include: Polly Shirts Country & Western Gear, Gemini Diamante – Hot Fix Crystal Transfers, Vintage Cowboy – Cowboy Boots, Cowhide rugs, Clothing & Jewellery, Hooked on Country – Retro and Old Western Clothing, Off the Peg – Western Clothing, Leek Bouncy Castles – Bucking Bronco, Leek Archery Club, and Darren Federici – Hit the Bell & Hook The Duck. There will also be a licensed bar in the marquee, Alex Povey's Oatcakes, Lymer's hog roast, The White Lion's Fish & Chips, Maxine's Pizzas, and ice cream.
Local community groups and charities which will be hosting stalls include: 2nd Leek Scouts, 5th Leek Scouts and 5th Leek Guides, Leek Quilting Group, Leek NSPCC, Leek College with an Old Time Photo booth, Leek and District Foodbank, Haregate Community Queen, RSPB Coombes Valley and Genesis Theatre. Donkey rides will also be available.
A Children's Competition will also be running during the weekend which will involve them finding 'Wanted' members of the Leek Town Council Events Committee. To pick up an entry sheet, go to the Moorlands Radio Stand in Leek town centre or look out for 'Kev the Sherriff'. The winner will be announced on Sunday at 3pm in the marquee in Brough Park.
Shops and businesses are also being encouraged to get in the Country and Western spirit by decorating their venues. Judging for the 'Best Dressed Business' will take place on Friday with the winner being announced on Saturday.
The Red Lion in Market Place will be serving a special Wild West Menu all weekend. Camping for visitors to Leek will be available at Leek Hockey club grounds in Macclesfield Road, Leek. To book a pitch contact: Richard Cordon 07747 787495 or e:richard@firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details about the weekend call 01538 381271.